October 25, 2008

October Virtual Sketch Date

The virtual sketch date is a blog event happening every month, where a reference image is posted and any blogging artist can give a shot at the image. The artists then post their attempts onto their respective blogs and link to the main blog site. It is a fantastic event, since I always love seeing how various artists tackle the same subject. This has been happening for a few months now, and this is my first entry.

Peared - colored pencil on water color paper
(c) Nithya Swaminathan

I started doing the last month's reference itself but could not complete it before the deadline. This month's reference was so irresistable that I had to give it a shot. I am glad I could complete it on time. I have a blast doing this, as I have never done pears before. They are such fabulous little things, full of character! We do not get these kind of pears here and I haven't been able to do them. I am quite happy with how it turned out and I cannot wait to see what other artists have done.

Today also happens to be the International Sketchcrawl, and though this doesn't qualify at crawling, it counts as sketching at least :-)


  1. The colours are so vibrant in this piece. It really has impact. Great that you could join in this month.

  2. Hi Nithya,
    Glad to have you join the Virtual sketch Date!
    "Peared" has a Cezanne feeling to it.
    My favorite part of the sketch date is seeing the various handlings of the subject.

  3. I agree with Leslie. Your drawing does have a Cezanne feeling. Nicely done.

  4. Hi Nithya, nice work and I like how you adapted the reference, strong use of colour too. Well done.

  5. I like your re-staging of the pears and think they turned out great! Really good shadows.

  6. Nice work!
    I like the strong colours.

  7. Nithya,
    Lovely painting. The glossy effect has been brought out well.
    Can I eat these pears :)?



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